Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Visits Frederick County
Tours Local Businesses, Meets with Local Opioid Recovery Advocates
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today visited organizations across Frederick County, where he was joined by Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder and Special Secretary for Smart Growth Wendi Peters.
Lt. Governor Rutherford began the day with a ribbon cutting at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Frederick, Md with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner, and other state and local officials. The new facility houses a recently expanded distribution center, Cryo-Innovation Center, and the National Cancer Institute Central Repository for Clinical Trials. The expanded distribution center will help Thermo Fisher meet growing global demand for diagnostic instruments and cell and gene therapies to support clinical trials around the world.
“Thermo Fisher Scientific remains an important employer in our state and a significant driver of economic growth, particularly in Frederick County where manufacturing is the number one source of jobs,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “The company is not only committed to providing high-quality careers across our state’s burgeoning life sciences industry, but also to improving quality of life for employees and the greater community by offering programs such as the Frederick bike-sharing service.”
Following the ribbon cutting, the Lt. Governor met with a group of substance use recovery advocates and volunteers in downtown Frederick. The Hogan administration has been engaged in an all-hands-on-deck effort to fight the heroin and opioid crisis, creating the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force, which Lt. Governor Rutherford chaired, immediately upon taking office, and becoming the first state to declare a full-scale State of Emergency in response to the epidemic. In the past four years, Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Rutherford have committed over half a billion dollars in funding to address substance use disorders, and continue to fight every day to turn the tide of this crisis through prevention, treatment, and enforcement initiatives
“Throughout Maryland, from our smallest town to our biggest city, it has become an epidemic, and it is destroying lives. I have seen firsthand that local, community efforts are extremely important for combating the opioid crisis,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “I would like to commend the group of volunteers I met with today and all individuals committed to addressing this crisis across the state for their invaluable contributions.”
He then traveled to Mount Airy, Md to tour Willard Agri-Service, a Maryland-based family agricultural business that has grown to include five plants across the Mid-Atlantic region. The 49-year old company employs nearly 100 Marylanders and is known for providing high-quality agricultural technology while striving for environmental stewardship.
Lt. Governor Rutherford finished off his day with some fall fun at the Gaver Family Farm in Mt. Airy, Md. This family farm has been in operation since 1978. As an agritourism business, crop farm, and food producer, it is a diversified operation with fifty acres of cut-your-own Christmas trees, pumpkin fields, corn, soybeans, wheat, rye cover crop, various hays, cow/calf and feeder beef herd, meat goats, feeder pigs, and various flocks of birds.
“It is a pleasure to stop by the Gaver Fall Fun Festival today! From taking a hayride around the farm to visiting the market, it was the perfect fall day to spend on a working Maryland farm,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “This annual event is a shining example of the robust agritourism business here in Maryland.”